Virchow Foundation

for Global Health


The Foundation Secretariat serves as the central point of contact. It manages the operations of the Virchow Foundation for Global Health and the Virchow Prize for Global Health. It also supports the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and Council.


Victoria Grandsoult

Managing Director

Victoria comes from a varied background within the fields of public health and human rights. Recently, she was a consultant supporting the development and execution of political engagement strategies for global health and industry clients. Prior to this, she managed the non-profit organisation, UNITE, which engages parliamentarians on infectious disease elimination and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Victoria previously held multiple positions at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where she oversaw physician relations and business development, including supporting the implementation of LA’s first paediatric health plan.

Victoria holds a master’s degree in Human Rights and Democratisation from the Global Campus of Human Rights and a degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas.

Academic and Professional Activities

    • 2021: Account Manager | Sovereign Strategy
    • 2020: Executive Director | UNITE Global Parliamentarians Network
    • 2019-2020: Advocacy and Community Engagement Director | UNITE Global Parliamentarians Network
    • 2017-2019: European Master in Human Rights & Democratisation | Global Campus of Human Rights
    • 2016-2017: Senior Physician Liaison | Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
    • 2014-2016: Outreach Specialist | Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
    • 2011-2013: Research Assistant | Phoenix Children’s Hospital
    • 2007-2011: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology | University of Kansas

Dr. Annette Welling

Programme Director

Annette studied languages, economics and cultural area studies at the University of Passau after completing her hotel management apprenticeship at the Grandhotel “Vier Jahreszeiten” in Hamburg. She then worked in various non-profit organisations, gathered many years of experience on the interface between culture, science and business. She has worked and published on the topics of sponsorship, civil society engagement, cultural funding, non-profit management and corporate citizenship. Since 2014, Annette is self-employed and advising several non-profit organisations in the fields of science and culture on their strategic, content-related and operational issues, including office management.

Academic and Professional Activities

  • Since 2014: Self-employed, advising various non-profit organisations in the field of science and culture
  • 2015: Phd on Funding- and Friendship-Circles at the University of Music and Theatre, Hamburg. Since then, lecturer at the Institute for Culture and Media Management at the University of Music and Theatre in Hamburg
  • 2003 – 2014: Head of Internal and External Communication at the Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft im BDI e.V. (Cultural Association of German Business within the Federation of German Industries), Berlin
  • 2000-2003: Consultant in the Cultural Sponsorship Working Group, an initiative of German companies within the BDI e.V., Berlin

Further activities:

  • Since 2021: Member of the Board of Trustees | Berlin Science Year 2021
  • Since 2019: Member of the Examination Board for the Distance Learning Programme in Culture and Media Management | University of Music Theatre Hamburg
  • Since 2015: Mentor at primary school “Koppenplatz Berlin” for Syrian refugee children